Events

Leading Through Disruption

Without question, COVID-19 and the response efforts surrounding it have temporarily altered the way we lead and serve our organizations, our teams and our communities. 

In fulfillment of the Leadership Center’s mission to explore innovative leadership knowledge and practices to better those we serve, we endeavor to provide the latest thinking on issues and trends that impact all of us. 

In that spirit, this year’s theme “Leading Through Disruption” will provide a springboard for timely discussions to help us navigate uncharted territory.  

Upcoming Events

Leadership Strategies for Uncertain Times

Join us for our launch event with keynote speaker Kimberly A. Blackwell, CEO of PMM Agency, will provide insights gleaned from more than 20 years as a female founder, transformational change agent and public servant.

Date: Thursday, Sept. 24

Time: Noon - 1:00 p.m. EDT (includes a 15-minute Q&A session)

Location: Zoom (Link will be sent via email to registrants 48 hours in advance)

Cost: Free (CLICK HERE to register)

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Kimberly A. Blackwell


With over 20 years of experience in consumer packaged goods, Kimberly Blackwell is heralded as one of the country’s top executives in new media, marketing and advertising. A disruptor of sorts, Kimberly is a technical, strategic and a creative consultant and trusted advisor to the C-suite of publicly and privately held companies in areas of brand, culture and change management, organizational effectiveness, crisis management and planning, digital transformation and inclusion through channels of media, high tech and experiential. 

As CEO of PMM, a distributor of custom promotional materials, Kimberly has been called a powerhouse. As curator of consumer connections, her brand is brand – engagement, communications, commerce and culture.

Kimberly excels in a variety of arenas. She has earned a reputation as a trusted business counselor, as well as a global public speaker, thought leader and subject matter expert in areas of entrepreneurship, wealth creation, technology, new media, crisis and culture, having appeared in Fortune and Inc. magazines and contributed on HuffPost Live.

Kimberly served in both the Obama and Trump administrations as one of the country’s eight female CEOs, on the National Women’s Business Council. She is a member of the Executive Leadership Council (ELC), a network of the nation’s most influential African-American executives. She also is a member of the Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO), and lifetime member of the National Black MBA Association®. In 2019, Kimberly was named by GUCCI Inc., to their Changemakers Council.

Kimberly earned her bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University and her master’s from Xavier University.